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New Study Says Eating Apples May Increase Sexual Pleasure In Women

The Huffington Post    By Taryn Hillin    07/08/2014 

It’s been said that an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but new research suggests it can do a lot more than that.

A new study published in Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics suggests that eating more apples leads to better sex for women.

Researchers analyzed 731 sexually active Italian women aged 18 to 43 with no history or complaint of sexual disorder. Women taking prescription drugs or suffering from depression were excluded from the study as well.

Participants were separated into two groups: regular apple consumption (one to two apples a day) and no apple consumption (0 to 0.5 apples per day). The women then filled out the Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI), which is comprised of 19 questions about sexual function, sexual frequency, orgasm, lubrication and overall sexual satisfaction.

Researchers found that “daily apple use is associated with higher FSFI scores in sexually active female patients, thus increasing their lubrication and overall sexual function.”


So why apples?

The researchers hypothesize that apples may improve sexual function because, like red wine and chocolate, they contain polyphenols and antioxidants that can stimulate blood flow to the genitalia and vagina, thus helping with arousal.

Not only that, researchers says apples contain phloridzin, a common phytoestrogen that is structurally similar to estradiol – a female sex hormone – and plays a huge role in vaginal lubrication and female sexuality.

Of course, the study has its limitations. It’s a relatively small sample size and it’s difficult to separate correlation from causation. However, the researchers note the results are “intriguing,” to say the least.

Now excuse us while we go eat some apples.


7 Foods that Help to Quench Your Hunger

By Iryna Ostapets    Guest Writer for Wake Up World    6th April 2013     

Weight loss is one of the most common personal challenges among today’s generation, with a majority of people in many developed countries suffering from obesity.

The abundance of poor food choices and a sedentary lifestyle are the culprits of our health problems. There are a lot of tasty foods that can actually increase the body’s appetite. But in order to reduce weight, we have to burn more calories than we eat.

So how do we quench those hunger pangs? By choosing foods that help to quench your hunger.

You’ve heard about foods that suppress your appetite. It doesn’t mean that these foods can damage your health; in fact many are healthy, low in calories, fulfill a bunch of nutritional needs, and quench your hunger for hours.

They contain many healthy benefits. Apples can help to lose weight, balance blood sugar levels, reduce the risk of heart diseases, reduce cholesterol and support teeth and bone density. You’ve heard the proverb: An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Apples are crammed with fiber that helps you to feel full for a long time and prevents you from over-eating. They are a good idea for lunched and breakfasts. Adding apples into smoothies, oatmeal and salads can help you to increase your intake and give you more energy.

Scientists find that eating oatmeal can reduce cholesterol, protect against heart disease, cancer and improve immune system. It is on the list of the highest protein levels of whole grain. Due to high fiber content and low level of fat, oatmeal will make you feel good and full as it provides enough energy for a long time. If you add some fruits, flaxseeds, berries, nuts and low fat milk you can maximize more health benefits for your body.

Before any meals it is better to drink a glass of pure water as it helps to tell your brain that the stomach is already full. Drinking 6-8 glasses of water is recommended for weight loss and healthy living as it is a zero calorie drink. Try to drink more water instead of sweet beverages, soda and other carbonated drinks that only trigger appetite.

Green Tea
It contains many antioxidants benefits that can control food cravings. Green tea hampers fat digestion, enhances the metabolism and provides you with energy. Try to drink 2-3 cups of green tea per day.

Vegetable soups
Many dietician will tell that vegetable soups are important and useful dietary tools. Vegetable soup has low calories and can be used to suppress your appetite due to its high water content. It is better to make soups by yourself than buying canned soups, so you know your soup is free of additives. Make a batch of soup, store it in containers and consume it when you feel hungry.

Vegetable and fruit salads with dressings such as lemon, olive oil or apple vinegar are a great addition to a healthy diet. Try to eat salads before your meal as it will assist to avoid hunger cravings. The salads have low amounts of calories and high water content. Add lettuces, tomatoes, cucumbers, cabbages, carrots and radishes, or to make your salad a complete meal you can use beef, chicken, beans or cheese for protein.

Eating a small amount of nuts can make you feel full longer. Nuts are high in calories, that’s why only a small quantity of nuts is recommended to reduce your hunger. Nuts contain substantial fatty acids, magnesium, iron, calcium and protein. Try to avoid salted and roasted nuts in favor of raw and unsalted nuts.

There are many healthy foods that can help to suppress hunger. Stick to eating only healthy foods such as fruits, veggies, whole grains, beans and lean meat. Consume enough amount of water, eat small portions of meal and slowly.

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About the Author:
Iryna Ostapets is a health writer, blogger and health advocate who aims to help people achieve and maintain a healthy and happy lifestyle. Passionate about healthy living and sport, she writes about natural health, nutrition, fitness, health tips and beauty at http://www.raipharmacies.com. An experienced Medical Writer, she has a Master’s Degree in English and advanced training in the medical field. Iryna continues to earn education certificates from the Australasian Medical Writers Association (AMWA).


5 Foods to Help Fight Spring Allergies

It’s springtime — the season of runny noses and itchy eyes. Consider adding these foods to your diet to lessen your irritating symptoms.
By Alexandra Sifferlin   March 29, 2012


When it comes to keeping the sniffles of seasonal allergies at bay, maintaining a healthy diet is one of your first lines of defense, says Mike Tringale, vice president of external affairs of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. “The best way to manage allergies is first and foremost to work with your doctor to get you on the best treatments out there. The sad news is there is no cure. A seasonal allergy is a genetic disease of the immune system. But even before you think about medications, it is really critical that you go into allergy season with a healthy diet,” says Tringale.

Studies show that a diet high in antioxidants and omega-3s can ease seasonal allergy suffering. A 2007 study found that children from the Greek island of Crete who ate a Mediterranean diet — high in fresh fruits and vegetables, fish, olive oil, and nuts — were less likely to develop allergy and asthma symptoms. “Allergies cause inflammation of the tissues lining the nose and throat. Finding foods that decrease inflammation will lead to relief,” Tringale says.

Nuts are one good choice. They’re a healthy snack and are high in magnesium and vitamin E. Magnesium protects against the wheezing that accompanies asthma, and vitamin E boosts immunity while simultaneously protecting the body from free radicals, which cause tissue damage and inflammation. “Most tree nuts, like walnuts and pecans, do the trick. Nuts also come with a lot of fat,” however, cautions Tringale, so don’t go overboard, especially if you’re battling your weight.


An apple a day helps keep your allergies away. In the Crete diet study, researchers found that people whose diets incorporated apples as a staple had greater protection against both allergies and asthma. Apples are rich in quercetin — a flavonoid with anti-inflammatory properties. Much of the benefits come from the peels, which are also packed with antioxidants called polyphenols, which prevent cellular damage.

Another 2007 study found that pregnant women who ate apples reduced the risk of their children developing asthma. Researchers looked at the eating habits of women during pregnancy and, later, their children’s reported allergies. Kids whose moms ate the most apples during pregnancy were less likely to report wheezing or to have doctor-confirmed asthma at age 5, compared with kids whose moms ate few apples.

Snacking regularly on apples, or other healthful foods high in antioxidants, may help prevent wheezing in adolescence too. Dr. Jane Burns of the Harvard School of Public Health studied the relationship between poor diet and respiratory symptoms and said in a statement, “Our study, as well as other research, suggests that higher intakes of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory micronutrients are associated with lower reports of cough, respiratory infections, and less severe asthma-related symptoms.”


Omega-3 fatty acids in seafood have natural anti-inflammatory effects that boost the immune system — and most allergies happen when your immune system is out of whack, according to Dr. William Sears, author of the upcoming book, The Omega-3 Effect.

“If you were to come into my office with seasonal allergies and say to me, ‘Dr. Bill, I would like the best and safest medicine for my allergies,’ I would surprise you by scribbling on prescription pad, ‘Eat 6 ounces of Alaskan salmon twice a week,’” says Dr. Sears.

According to Dr. Sears, patients frequently complain about dry skin and eczema during the allergy season, and fish can alleviate those irritations. “All the ‘itises’ — dermatitis, bronchitis, arthritis, colitis — all of them are made better by the more seafood you eat,” says Dr. Sears. “Because omega-3s have total anti-inflammatory effects, sometimes people will notice that when I treat them with fish, their skin is softer and their asthma is better.”

In the same  2007 study looking at pregnant women and apple consumption, researchers found that moms who ate fish during pregnancy reduced the risk of their children developing asthma or allergic diseases. The kids whose moms ate fish one or more times a week were less likely to have eczema than children of mothers who never ate fish.

Dr. Sears’ top 3 fish picks:

  1. Wild Alaskan salmon: “This is my top pick because it has the most nutrients, with the least amount of pollutants, that are best for allergies,” he says.
  2. Alaskan tuna: Dr. Sears recommends Alaskan seafood because it is well policed and regulated. (Tuna is high in mercury, however, which means that certain at-risk groups, like pregnant women and children should limit consumption.)
  3. Anchovies and sardines

If you’re not a fish fan, you can try omega-3 and algae supplements or fish oil to boost your allergy defenses.

Red Grapes

The skin of red grapes is high in antioxidants and resveratrol — an anti-inflammatory compound. Eating foods high in antioxidants can reduce inflammation in your entire body. According to Tringale, antioxidants protect cells from the oxidative damage that causes diseases, and they have immune-boosting compounds. Other foods high in antioxidants include berries, legumes and potatoes. “Vegetarians are in good luck,” says Tringale.

WebMD reports that grapes contain flavonoids that can also lower the bad cholesterol levels and relax blood vessels. Grape leaves are also known to reduce inflammation and draw tissues together. When choosing grapes, go for the red variety — they have more antioxidants than white or blush grapes.


“Fruity vegetables” like tomatoes are high in vitamin C and a good choice for the sneezing season. Studies show tomatoes can build your tolerance against asthma and respiratory issues. Vitamin C is an immune system booster and natural antihistamine, which suppresses swelling.

The antioxidant compound lycopene in tomatoes is also good for the body. A study from the University of Tel Aviv found that men who added 30 milligrams of lycopene to their daily diets improved their bodies’ ability to fight off asthma attacks by 45%. You can get lycopene not only from whole tomatoes, but also from tomato sauce and extract. “The added protection may come from lycopene’s antioxidative properties within the body,” study author Dr. A. Ben-Amotz, told ABC News.

Other “fruity vegetables,” aside from tomatoes, are also key: in a seven-year Spanish study, children who consumed more than 40 grams of fruity veggies a day — including eggplants, cucumber, green beans and zucchini — were much less likely to suffer from childhood asthma than those who ate less.

source: Time.com

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6 Toxins to Wipe Out from Your Life

Shubhra Krishan    November 10, 2012

A number of daily use items stacked on store shelves call out to us with their beautiful packaging and attractive promises—”24-hour freshness,” “incredibly clean” and such. But scratch the surface, and some scary facts emerge.

Room fresheners: as most of us know by know, room fresheners can be chemical-laden and toxic. To keep your room smelling fresh, create your own potpourri, with dried herbs and essential oil. The way to make it is explained quite nicely here.

Laundry fresheners: Beware of the word ‘fragrance.’ It sure sounds inviting, but those jasmine and lavender scented laundry detergents and dryer sheets can be loaded with chemicals that can cause skin problems to  reproductive dysfunction.

Permanent-press cotton sheets: Use untreated cotton sheets in the bedroom: the permanent press cotton-polyester ones may seem more convenient but release chemicals that can irritate the throat and eyes.


‘Regular’ apples and peaches: these are among the most contaminated produce, and by paying a little extra for organic ones, you can cut down on upto 80% fewer pesticides entering your body.

Mothballs: the insecticides in them  have been linked to health problems, including cancer-causing agents. Cedar chips are known to be a safe alternative to them. Make a sachet of these chips, adding a little lavender essential oil, to keep clothese free of damage from months.

Perfume and colognes: packaged in alluring bottles and heady in their scent, perfumes and colognes often contain hundreds of synthetic compounds that have been linked to skin problems, reproductive issues and other disorders. Pure plant essential oils, mixed with organic carrier oil, are a wonderful alternative.

source: care2.com

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7 Ways to Use Fresh Fall Produce

October 3, 2012     By Tina Hauper

Fall is my favorite time of year. I love everything about it—from the brightly-colored foliage to the smell of sweet cider donuts—it’s a season that brings me great joy. Once that slight chill in the air arrives, I immediately start to crave all of my favorite seasonal dishes. Farmers markets and my local grocery store are bursting with fresh produce right now, so warming up in the kitchen is that much more appealing. Here are some easy and delicious ideas to get creative with this season’s produce.
Butternut squash
Butternut squash is one of my favorite fall treats (yes, treats)! It’s naturally sweet (and loaded with vitamin A and potassium), so it’s delicious mixed into baked goods (butternut squash can be substituted in pretty much any recipe that calls for pumpkin), soups, pancakes, or eaten alone with maple syrup and a sprinkle of brown sugar.
These purple-red gems are packed with iron, folic acid, and fiber. Roast or saute them with a little olive oil, salt, and pepper, or toss them diced and raw in your favorite salad mixture.
Apples provide two kinds of fiber (soluble and insoluble) and a whole slew of antioxidants, which protect against free radical damage, so they’re both a satisfying and healthy food. Try sauteing sliced apples and serving them with chicken or pork, or chopping them tiny and adding them to whole-grain rice.
Sweet potatoes
Did you know a medium sweet potato provides more than 438% of the daily requirement of vitamin A, which is essential to eyes, skin, bones, and teeth? And sweet potatoes are delicious in so many ways. One of my favorite ways to enjoy this spud is the simplest way: Baked Sweet Potato Wedges.
Parsnips are a great root vegetable but might not be the first variety you reach for. Try them roasted, baked, mashed or as parsnip “fries.” Just preheat your oven to 425 degrees F and chop one pound of parsnips into “fries.” In a large plastic zipped baggie add parsnips, 1 tbsp. olive oil, 1 tsp. cinnamon, 1 tsp. paprika, and salt and pepper to taste. Seal the bag and shake thoroughly to coat. Bake for 25-30 minutes, turning fries every 10 minutes or so.
Kale is one of the most nutrient-dense vegetables available this time of year. It also has a number of anti-oxidant- and anti-inflammatory-related health benefits. Try raw, chopped kale tossed in olive oil as part of a salad, sauteed with red pepper flakes, or as kale chips (the perfect alternative to greasy potato chips).
Packed with vitamin C, and full of cancer-fighting phytonutrients, cauliflower is quite the versatile vegetable. You’ve probably eaten it raw, roasted, or steamed, but have you tried it mashed? Here’s a quick how to: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil with 2 garlic cloves. Add head of florets and cook until tender (10-12 minutes). Drain, return to pot, mix 1 1/2 tbsp. olive oil and 1/2 cup milk. Mash until thick. Season with salt and pepper to taste.